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November 17th, 2015

LoaderMetrics 2.0 Product Launch

Motion Metrics has dedicated the last year to developing the newly anticipated LoaderMetrics™2.0! Our LoaderMetrics™ team have gathered customer feedback worldwide, studied the latest in artificial intelligence and machine learning, and got their hands on the most rugged and durable components to launch our highest performing system to date.

What is LoaderMetrics™?

LoaderMetrics™ is comprised of Missing Tooth Detection and Blind Spot Reduction capabilities. Our Missing Tooth Detection monitors bucket teeth conditions. When a tooth is detected missing, the system alerts the operator and prevents the tooth from reaching and jamming downstream crushers. Blind Spot Reduction features a series of cameras on the loaders’ exterior providing real-time surveillance views of their surroundings. In doing so, safety is paramount and dangerous collisions can be avoided.

What’s new in LoaderMetrics™2.0?

•    Thermal Camera Imaging
•    Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning
•    System calibration no longer needed
•    Lens Cleaning System

Thermal Camera Imaging

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Our decision to utilize thermal cameras was made for a myriad of reasons, most importantly to improve system accuracy and precision. Given the short amount of time (less than one second) the system has to capture a clear image of the bucket teeth as the bucket dumps to the truck, a thermal camera focuses solely on bucket teeth and is unaffected by differing backgrounds and the buckets contents. Additionally, the system operates accurately at night without the need for a light and through dirt and debris on the camera lens and bucket.

Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning

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LoaderMetrics™ can already detect missing teeth with high accuracy – but it could do much more if it could perceive, learn and think like a human. To achieve this, we built a deep neural network by inputting hundreds of thousands of real bucket images from mines worldwide. The images are analyzed by pixel, detecting patterns and more accurately predicting behaviour. Using our new patent-pending deep learning algorithm, system calibration is no longer needed. Users simply enter the total number of bucket teeth and the algorithm takes care of the rest. As a result, our systems can detect whether a tooth is missing with more accuracy than ever before.

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Lens Cleaning System

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Lastly, our inclusion of a Lens Cleaning System was essential. When compared to our ShovelMetrics™ cameras, LoaderMetrics™ cameras are exposed to significantly more debris given their positions beneath the bucket looking upward. The Lens Cleaning system is integrated into our Motion Metrics embedded systems and uses anti-freeze wash fluid and pressurized air to remove dirt, mud, snow, grime and mist. The Lens Cleaning System is capable of connecting to a local LAN or any embedded systems through an Ethernet port to be operated remotely.

With such significant changes, we have no doubt that LoaderMetrics™2.0 will be our highest performing system to date.